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Friday’s openings: animated in Afghanistan

It's likely to be pretty much a dead week for film openings. Most of the major releases are opening in limited runs to qualify for Oscar contention, which likely doesn't benefit Spokane — though we'll know more by tomorrow.

The one fairly certain release will be at the Magic Lantern:

"The Breadwinner": An Afghani girl disguises herself as a boy in an effort to support her family. This animated film directed by Norma Twomey (and produced by Angelina Jolie) is based on a 2000 children's novel by Canadian author Deborah Ellis (and bears a striking resemblance in theme to the 2003 live-action film "Osama").

I'll update as the local theaters finalize their listings.